Following the cancellation of Lauren Cohan’s short-lived ABC spy series ‘Whiskey Cavalier’, ‘The Walking Dead’s showrunner, Angela Kang, says the AMC zombie institution is working on bringing the actor back in the role of Hilltop leader Maggie Rhee. Beyond that, Kang wasn’t able to offer much information, that should come as no surprise to fans, as the creators of ‘The Walking Dead’ are always very secretive.
All Kang could offer was:
“I’m not sure if I can say much about it right now actually. I’ll just say that we’re working on it.”
Now that the show’s lead, Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, is also gone, and Danai Gurira (Michonne Hawthorne) has announced that she is leaving the series, it could probably use the boost that Cohan’s return would bring, but keep in mind, her split with ‘THW’ wasn’t exactly amicable. Contract negotiations stalled when AMC didn’t want to pay Cohan a comparable rate to her male co-stars, Lincoln and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), which led to her leaving to star in ‘Whiskey Cavalier’.
On ‘The Walking Dead’s part, the upcoming Season 10 is already filming and reportedly, the entire season has been mapped out. On the show, it was explained that during a time jump, Maggie had left the Hilltop to join Georgie’s group (taking baby Hershel with her) in hopes of helping other survivors. It’s up to Kang and her writers to figure out how to weave Maggie back in. It’s possible that Maggie won’t be reintroduced immediately, and Cohan will be saved for Season 10B, or even 11.
Though it’s unlikely, it’s also possible that Cohan could be brought back in another project like ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, the always-a-bridesmaid spinoff which has never matched the popularity of the main show. Even though Lenny James’ Morgan Jones was already shifted over, bringing a beloved character like Maggie into that storyline would make an even bigger impact.
With Cohan kind of unemployed, and ‘The Walking Dead’ steadily losing cast members, it’s in everyone’s best interest to figure out some way to bring Maggie back. It just remains to be seen how.
Source: Entertainment Weekly